The Ecstasy and the Agony
By Damien Tiernan
In 1998, a determined Waterford hurling team made their way to their first All-Ireland semi-final in almost forty years, their sights firmly set on the final, which would be their first since 1963.But destiny conspired against them and they lost. Over the next twelve years they would, time and time again, play spell-binding hurling, reach the Semi-Finals seven times, Player of the Year Awards and multiple All-Star honours and come agonisingly close to winning one of the biggest prizes in Irish sport. In The Ecstasy and the Agony, Damien Tiernan goes behind the scenes and takes an unflinchingly honest look at how such a great team can come so close to major triumphs but still walked away without the top honours. In over sixty interviews with key players, backroom staff, selectors and managers including Justin McCarthy, Paul Flynn, Davy Fitzgerald, Dan Shanahan, Eoin Kelly, Stephen Molumphy, Ken McGrath, Gerald McCarthy, and many others - Tiernan examines the controversies that have dogged Waterford hurling in recent years. Who are the leaders? What are the key moments around which victory and defeat revolve? And what, ultimately, are the lessons learned? The Ecstasy and the Agony is the full and honest account of a team who will never stop believing.
By Keith Falkiner
Liverpool FC is one of the world's leading football clubs - and a host of talented Irish players have played a significant part in its history. Here, Keith Falkiner looks at the proud history of Liverpool F.C. through the eyes of its Irish players, managers and fans taking in the great highs and desperate lows of this inimitable club. From its successes at national and European level to its involvement in the one of the greatest tragedies in modern sport at Hillsborough Emerald Anfield traces the Irish experience throughout this history, revealing a history of a club that stands through its supporters. Emerald Anfield traces these stories from the very beginning, from Monaghan man John McKenna, the first Liverpool manager, who oversaw the club's progression to professionalism to fellow Ulsterman, Elisa Scott, goalkeeper with Liverpool for twenty-two years right through through to the success of John Aldridge, Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton, to the era of Phil Babb, Jason McAteer and Robbie Keane and Steve Finnan. Featuring a profile of every Irish player to don a Liverpool jersey since the foundation of the club, Emerald Anfield pays homage to all those from the Emerald Isle who have helped write the glorious history of Anfield.
Even Better than the Real Thing?
By Martina Reilly
When steady, dependable artist Eve Cole finds herself sitting by a pool in Florida with an ex-conman, hatching a plan to steal back a painting reportedly worth eleven million euro, she has to ask herself how the hell she wound up here.Her life has always been ordered, safe, predictable. Now, it's anything but, and if planning an art heist isn't enough, she also finds herself falling for the (admittedly gorgeous) ex-con, Larry.Because everyone knows no conman is ever truly reformed, right? Especially not one with as many secrets to hide as Larry.As plans for the robbery get underway, Eve quickly discovers that in love, as in art, it's not always easy to spot the real thing when it comes along. Sometimes, you just have to listen to your heart.
By Vogue Williams
'We all have good days and bad days and we all compare ourselves to others. But being confident isn't about looking like someone else - it's about feeling like the best version of you.' Vogue Looking and feeling her best - whether this means toning up at the gym, wearing an outfit she loves, or relaxing with friends - gives model, DJ and presenter Vogue Williams the confidence to work and shine in a busy, fast-paced world. Here, with her trademark down-to-earth style, Vogue shares the secrets which have her looking healthy, fit and comfortable in her own skin.From her daily workout routines and favourite playlists, to recipes for tasty meals, tips on skincare, her go-to make-up looks, dressing for different occasions and even how to pack for festivals, city breaks and sun holidays, Everything has all you need to know about recognising your own beauty and making it work for you.